Sandra Lupien

Director, MassTimber@MSU
Michigan State University

Sandra Lupien leads MassTimber@MSU, advancing sustainable mass timber construction and manufacture in Michigan, the Great Lakes Region, and beyond. Through this program, based at Michigan State University, Sandra collaborates with interdisciplinary faculty members, industry partners, policymakers, NGOS, tradesmembers, and others on an array of activities and initiatives that are resulting in significant mass timber momentum. Sandra hosts and co-produces with Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan Mass Timber Update, an annual convening of mass timber stakeholders from a variety of sectors across the state.

Sandra became obsessed with mass timber while pursuing a mid-career Master of Public Policy at University of California, Berkeley, where she produced her thesis, titled, Removing Barriers to Cross-Laminated Timber Manufacture and Adoption in California: A Game-Changer for Wildfire, Forests, and Climate Change.

Immediately prior to leading MassTimber@MSU, Sandra served as a Deputy Director in the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, appointed by Gavin Newsom. She is honored to serve for a second year on the steering committee for the International Mass Timber Conference.